Navajo Code Talker uniform headed home

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Updated: 8/14/2014 12:11 am
Reno, NV (KRNV & -- Pawn Star expert and historian Craig Gottlieb met with members of The Navajo Nation today in Reno to present them with a rare Navajo Code Talker uniform that ended up in his auction house earlier this year.

“I wasn’t aware of just what a sacred treasure this was to the Navajo Nation,” says Craig Gottlieb

During WWII, hundreds of Navajo served in the U.S. Marine Corp, their primary job was to send top secret messages using codes based on their native language. 

Peter MacDonald Sr., a WWII veteran and one of only thirty Navajo Code Talkers still living says the Japanese never broke the code, “The only military code in modern history never broken by an enemy.” 

“A Marine Corp Commander said were it not for the Navajo Code Talkers the marines would not have taken Iwo Jima,” says Pawn Star expert and historian, Craig Gottlieb. 

Gottlieb came across a Navajo Code Talker uniform earlier this year in his auction house and put it up for auction just like any other military artifact he comes across, but this piece got a different response, “I got desperate calls from the family followed
by a call from the President of the Navajo Nation itself.”

Gottlieb being the history buff that he is took the uniform off the market himself to donate it to the Navajo Nation Museum. 

The uniform belonged to George H. Kirk Sr., who served in the 3rd Marine Division during WWII; he passed away in 1999. 

The uniform was left in a storage unit owned by Kirk, which was eventually sold after years of no payment and then in January of 2014 ended up in Craig’s auction house. 

“Code talker George Kirk was not only a hero and a veteran, but a leader of his people,” says Peter MacDonald, Sr. 

MacDonald, Sr. says the Navajo Code Talkers are, “Not only a legacy that belongs to the Navajo or Marine Corp or military, but  I believe it belongs to all of America, it’s America’s legacy, it’s your legacy.”

Gottlieb flew to Arizona with MacDonald on August 13, 2014 to present the uniform at the Navajo Nation Museum on National Navajo Code Talkers Day August 14th.

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Speed - 8/14/2014 2:43 AM
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THIS is supremely COOL! Thank you George H. Kirk Sr. for your invaluable service to our Country,and Rest in Peace. Also,thanks to Mr. Gottlieb for what he's doing.

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